Police Powers on Truancy

The police have been given powers to deal with truants. This includes returning them to school.

A police officer will need to make sufficient enquiry of the position in relation to a child to ensure that the powers are used lawfully. The officer will be permitted to use reasonable force to remove a child back to school. Where a child resists with violence, then this may amount to an offence in itself and other police powers of arrest could then be used.

Where a child has a justifiable reason for being out of school but is taken away by the police then a claim for wrongful arrest or false imprisonment might arise.

Schools, Local Authorities, the police and other community groups are increasingly working together to conduct ‘truancy sweeps’.

Please contact Clare Roberts on any aspect of the use of police powers dealing with truancy on 0115 959955. Alternatively use the form below..

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